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Hawai'i Pacific University is an international learning community set in the rich cultural context of Hawai'i. Students from around the world join us for an American education built on a liberal arts foundation. Our innovative undergraduate and graduate programs anticipate the changing needs of the community and prepare our graduates to live, work, and learn as active members of a global society.


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  • G l o b a l F u t u r e s

    a t a g l o b a l c r o s s r o a d s

    Undergraduate Degrees and Programs

    Accounting Advertising/Public Relations

    - Strategic Creative - Strategic Planning/ Account Management

    Anthropology Asian Studies Biochemistry Biology

    - General Biology - Health and Human Sciences

    Business Business Economics Chemistry Communication Computer Information


    Computer Science Diplomacy and

    Military Studies


    Education - Elementary Education - 4+1 Secondary Education

    English Entrepreneurial Studies Environmental Science Environmental Studies Finance Health Science History Human Resource


    Human Resource Management

    Humanities International Business International Relations International Studies Journalism Justice Administration Management Marine Biology Marketing

    Mathematics - Applied Mathematics - Mathematics Education - Pure Math - 3-2 Engineering

    Multimedia - Cinematic Production - Integrated Multimedia

    Nursing Oceanography Political Science Pre-Chiropractic Pre-Medical Program Pre-Physical Therapy Psychology Public Administration Social Science Social Work Sociology Teaching English

    to Speakers of Other Languages

    Travel Industry Management

    Graduate Programs

    Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

    Master of Arts in Communication

    Master of Arts in Diplomacy and Military Studies

    Master of Arts in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development

    Master of Arts in Human Resource Management

    Master of Arts in Organizational Change

    Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

    Master of Business Administration

    Master of Education in Elementary Education

    Master of Education in Secondary Education

    Master of Science in Information Systems

    Master of Science in Marine Science

    Master of Science in Nursing

    Master of Social Work


    Aloha, and welcome to Hawaii Pacific University. Located at the center of

    the booming Pacific region, we are a vibrant, diverse community of learners from around the world. From nationally ranked programs within the liberal arts and in professional fields, to our stunning campuses and student-centered classrooms, to extraordinary opportunities and connections that extend from America to Australia, China, and Japan, few universities offer you a more unique combination of career and lifestyle benefits than we do or prepare you better for global futures. But come see for yourself. This is as special a university as Hawaii is a special place.

    Dr. Geoffrey BannisterPresident Hawaii Pacific University

    There are some students who dream bigger than others. They are the kind of students who know that tomorrow belongs to those who can adapt, succeed, and lead in a

    complex, increasingly interconnected world. And when it comes to college, theyre looking for an education

    thats miles away from ordinary. A small, nationally ranked private university located at a

    global crossroads of business and culture. A place like no other where East meets West to create an

    international mix of world-class faculty, diverse and inspiring friendships, and

    global perspectives. An experience thats as much about beautiful

    beaches as it is about boundless opportunity to expand their

    minds and enrich their lives.

    There are some students who believe college should be

    both the adventure of a lifetime as well as a lifelong foundation

    for the global futures and careers they dream about.

    These are the kind of students youll meet at Hawaii Pacific University.

  • As an HPU student, youll enjoy a higher-education experience that is rigorous, relevant, and personalized. Youll study with superb faculty: Leaders in their fields who are skilled at research, but who are recognizedpersonally and professionallyfor their excellent teaching. Choose from more than 60 acclaimed undergraduate and graduate degree programs that prepare you to live and work in a globalized world. Learn in first-class multimedia classrooms and labs. Take advantage of two very different campus settings. And spend your free time enjoying the paradise that surrounds you on all sides.

    An affordable, private university

    HPUs tuition costs are nearly half of the national average for a private college. Beyond our affordable tuition, HPU boasts an average time to graduate of four yearsmuch less than the national average. We may also make your education even more affordable through financial aid packages that include scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study opportunities.

    Bloomberg Businessweek endorses HPU as the Best Undergraduate Return on Investment of any college or university in the state of Hawaii.

    U.S. News & World Report ranks HPU among Americas Best Colleges and highlights our diversity in its Most International Students category.

    The Princeton Review recognizes HPU as one of the top 121 colleges in the western region.

    Barrons recommends HPU as a Best Buy in College Education among 3,900 U.S. universities.

    World-class education

    Exceptional faculty

    Highly ranked, internationally respected

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    At other places, an undergraduate student

    could get into a laboratory, but only to assist

    graduate students. Here, undergraduate students

    do forefront research, which is a pretty unique

    opportunity. We always involve undergraduate

    students in our own research and mentor them

    closely at every stage. And that experience

    pays off. We turn out excellent graduates who

    are regularly admitted to some of the nations

    most prestigious institutions, including veterinary

    and medical schools.

    Dr. Gideon BergerProfessor of Chemistry

    HPU is ranked among the best

    Leaders in teaching and the real world

    Youre looking to learn from the best. Our distinguished scholars and experienced professionals will not only challenge you intellectually, but also connect you to a whole new world of academic and professional opportunities. Join them in cutting-edge research and groundbreaking projects. Benefit from their experience as business owners, Fortune 500 executives, political advisors, acclaimed artists, and respected managers.

    Imagine, for example, improving your professional presentation and communication skills with Dr. Malia Smithjournalist, communications and political consultant, and former chief of staff for a Hawaii State Senatorwho offers you all the benefits of her practical experience, professional knowledge, and extensive connections throughout Hawaii media and government. Or collaborating on a research project with Dr. Jerome Agrusa, recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Senior Specialist Award as well as the HPU Trustees Teaching Excellence Awarda travel industry management expert regularly cited by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and ESPN News, among others.

    90%of HPU students are either employed or in graduate school within a year of graduation

    Dr. Malia Smith with communication students.

    Travel Industry Management Professor Jerry Agrusa with students on Fort Street Mall.

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    Extraordinary mentoringLifelong learning begins with personal attention

    Big dreams require extraordinary mentors to help them come true. Those are the kind of mentors youll discover at HPU. You wont find any teaching assistants in your classrooms here. Instead, youll work one-on-one with world-renowned scholars who are as passionate about mentoring you as they are about their own research. These professors will not only help you acquire the knowledge, communication skills, and problem-solving and reasoning ability you need to succeed in a global economy, they will also point you to the specific fieldwork, internship, and service opportunities you need to test your ideas out in the real world.

    Thanks to a 15:1 student-faculty ratio and an average class size of 25, mentoring student-faculty relationships develop easily and naturally at HPU. But thats not all. From day one, you will work closely with an academic advisor dedicated to helping you create a detailed, customized academic plan, determining the major that best fits your future goals, and tracking your progress toward graduation. Its just part of what we offer as one of the most student-centered universities arounda deeply personalized education designed to bring your learning to life, to expand your mind, as well as help you develop the skills you need to launch the successful global career you dream about.

    Renowned scholars, inspiring mentors HPU students have the opportunity to work closely with their faculty mentors on such cutting-edge research projects as:

    Studying the impact of invasive snowflake coral growths on precious black corals

    Comparing MMPI-2 validity scales among compensation-seeking Caucasian and Asian American medical patients

    Measuring ocean acidification in marine reserves to determine the impact of global warming

    Discovering biologically active secondary metabolites from marine organisms

    Integrating sustainability and Hawaiian culture into the tourism experience of the Hawaiian Islands

    Testing the antioxidant levels of grape tomatoes that are cultivated in various aquaponics water and seawater mixtures

    Surveying Honolulu Marathon participants, leading to important informationquoted in the